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The cone-shaped Arenal is Costa Rica’s best-known volcano, and was actively spewing lava as recently as 2010, though it’s now gone dormant.

Located on the northwestern flank of Poas Volcano, Ciudad Quesada is the capital of San Carlos Province, and is known to all as San Carlos.  Not a tourism destination in its own right

The main gateway to Arenal, La Fortuna is a bustling town full of hotels, restaurants, tour operators and night life. Many of the lower-priced hotels in the area are here in town, and there are grocery stores, a gas station and banks.

Costa Rica’s original cross-roads, Liberia dates back to its founding by monks in 1769 as Ermita Guanacaste, at the intersection of roads connecting Nicoya, Bagaces, and Rivas (Nicaragua).

Monteverde is one of the world’s most spectacular cloud forestsa tropical forest in the mountains with persistent cloud cover, in which fog and clouds provide much of the moisture that supports the exotic plant species here, which in turn support exo

A launching pad for Tortuguero National Park, Barra Colorado Wildlife Refuge, Braulio Carrillo National, rafting the Sarapiquí and Pozo Azul rivers, and birdwatching in all points in between, Puerto Viejo is the regional capital of an agricultural re

Sometimes called Costa Rica’s Yellowstone, Rincón de la Vieja National Park is known for volcanic activity including fumaroles, bubbling mud pots and geysers, as well as its beautiful waterfalls and hot springs.

We would not be talking about it were it not for its geomorphological curiosity. Siquirres is where the Pacuare evens out from the mountains to meander thence down the plane.

Montezuma is sometimes called “Montefuma,” fuma meaning “smoke,” after the ganja-toking, dreadlocked, tattooed layabouts who call this home. Montezuma is tiny — walk two blocks and you’ve seen the place — yet teeming with tourism and the businesses t

Sámara is a gem of a beach town — small enough to lack the crowds of a Jacó or Tamarindo, large enough to have a supermarket and bank, accessible by good roads and boasting plenty of things to see and do.

Santa Teresa is the name commonly used of a string of spectacular surfing beaches in southwest Nicoya along a 9-km/5.6-mile road, more specifically known (in north-south order) as Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen and Malpaís.

Tamarindo is the largest city and the unofficial capital of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, the string of stunning beach in the northwestern Guanacaste province and the Nicoya Peninsula. Sometimes derided as “Tamagringo” because of the large tourist presenc

The largest coastal city north of Tamarindo, Playa del Coco is a hopping playground filled with hotels, restaurants and bars, but it’s best known for its aquatic opportunities — scuba diving, snorkeling, sportfishing and sailing.

Jacó is the closest beach town to San José, an hour and a half away, and its prime location has turned it into one of the most developed many would say overdeveloped  coastal destinations in Costa Rica.

Its name derived from the eponymous indigenous Quepoa tribe that were the first to enjoy the adjacent highlands that is today Manuel Antonio and Quepos’s main tourism draw, San Bernadino de Quepos

Corcovado National Park is the most biodiverse place in Costa Rica and is a world-class destination for seeing wildlife. It’s teeming with mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects


Puerto Jiménez is a town teeming with both ordinary Ticos and adventure trekkers bound for Corcovado or Matapalo, not a primary destination but a waypoint where you can get gas, food and drink on your way to an adventure in the wild.

Puerto Viejo is the ideal place to get a taste of Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean culture, cuisine and lifestyle. Located on a beautiful beach with good snorkeling, Puerto Viejo is packed with restaurants, bars, shops, souvenir sellers and tour operators

Cerro Chirripó, Indian for Mother of All Water, at 12,530 feet is Costa Rica’s highest peak. Though only the 470th highest peak in the world, it is rated as the world’s 38th most prominent peak.  On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans ca

Welcome to the land that time forgot!  The alpine hamlet of San Gerardo de Dota is nestled along the headwaters of the Savegre River at an elevation of 7200 feet in a deeply incised gorge with mountains shooting up on three sides and a river falling

Situated at the base of Costa Rica’s highest mountain, Chirripó, San Gerardo is located at 4500 feet at the end of the road about 45 minutes from San Isidro.

San Vito was the intersection between a large group of WWII Italian emigres and a presidential land grant to stimulate development of the far south.  Nestled in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains, San Vito is a bustling little city that cut its




Ciudad Quesada

La Fortuna



Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Rincón de la Vieja


Tenorio / Rio Celeste



North Pacific




Santa Teresa / Mal País


Playa del Coco


Central Pacific






South Pacific



Drake Bay



Puerto Jiménez


Central Valley



San José





Puerto Viejo



Southern Mountains


San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Rivas

San Vito